Tonight each of five ArtPrize category award jurors announced the shortlisted entries and venues that will be in the running to take home the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize and $50,000 in juried category awards.

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, September 28, 2015 – ArtPrize, the radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury, tonight hosted the fourth annual Jurors’ Shortlist Event at the ArtPrize HUB Theatre. Four ArtPrize Seven category award jurors revealed their shortlists of five artist entries in the categories of 2D, 3D, Installation, and Time-based. These twenty finalists will be in the running to win their respective $12,500 category awards and ultimately the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize. A fifth category award juror selected five ArtPrize venues to compete for the $12,500 Outstanding Venue juried award. The juried category award and Grand Prize winners will be announced at the ArtPrize Awards on October 9.

Noted Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director: “Whether the decisions of our Category Jurors surprise, delight, confound, or infuriate, they will doubtless initiate countless charged conversations among our vast community of impassioned ArtPrizers about what art is and why it matters.”

The category award jurors are Justine Ludwig, Director of Exhibitions / Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary (2-D); Sarah Urist Green, Indianapolis-based curator, creator and host of The Art Assignment (3-D); Shari Frilot, Los Angeles-based Senior Programmer of Sundance Film Festival and Curator of New Frontier at Sundance (Time-Based); Robin Cembalest, Editor and Art Critic (Installation); and Steven Matijcio, Cincinnati-based Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center (Outstanding Venue).

“The ArtPrize Seven category jurors each bring a unique perspective to the event, and have nominated works to their shortlists that are relevant and of the time within their respective categories,” commented Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Director of Exhibitions. “The selected works will challenge visitors to look more deeply at the range of entries spread across this year’s event, as Round 1 of the public vote continues.”

The 3-D juried category award is generously presented by Haworth. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University presents the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize at ArtPrize Seven. The Public Vote, central to the ArtPrize event, is sponsored by Meijer. The public vote category awards are presented by Foremost Insurance Group (2-D), Amway (3-D), and DTE Energy (Time-Based).

Tonight the five category award jurors took to the Critical Discourse stage to reveal their shortlisted picks within their respective categories. In no particular order, they are as follows:



  • Mimesis at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, by Kunihiro Akinaga from Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Uplift at Vandenberg (Calder) Plaza and Grand Rapids CIty Hall, by Jarrod Beck from New York, NY
  • The Last Supper at Kendall College of Art & Design, by Julie Green from Corvallis, OR
  • Relic at Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, by Tamara Kostianovsky from Brooklyn, NY
  • Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) at Grand Rapids Art Museum, by Dylan Miner from East Lansing, MI



  • For the toward at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by BOOMERANG from Gambier, OH
  • T-Rex at Waterfront Film Festival, by Drea Cooper & Zack Canepari from Oakland, CA
  • Higher Ground at SiTE:LAB / The Rumsey Street Project, by Kate Gilmore from Queens, NY
  • Whisper at 250 Monroe, by Emily Kennerk from Zionsville, IN
  • That Was Then at Kendall College of Art & Design / Fed Galleries @ KCAD, by Prince Thomas from Houston, TX

Outstanding Venue

The ArtPrize awards structure brings parallel tracks of public vote and juried awards totaling $500,000. Two $200,000 awards are decided by public vote and expert jury, and an additional $100,000 in prizes is awarded to the top entries in each category. During the 19 days of the seventh annual event, 1,550 artist entries representing 48 countries and 42 U.S. states are competing for these entry prizes, while 162 venues across Grand Rapids vie for the Outstanding Venue juried award.

The Public Vote Top 25 dynamic lists in each entry category will be live on at 9:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow, September 29. Round 1 Voting, during which the public may vote for as many artists as they choose to determine the Public Vote Final 20, will continue until October 3 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The Public Vote Final 20 to be announced the following day, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. EDT at Rosa Parks Circle, and voting will continue with Round 2 from October 4 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to October 8 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, during which each visitor may cast up to 20 votes—one for each finalist—for the entry or entries they believe should win the top prize of $200,000. The winners of both the public vote and juried awards will be announced at the Seventh Annual ArtPrize Awards on October 9. ArtPrize will issue a press release on September 30 with details on this year’s ArtPrize Awards event.

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